Friday, 13 May 2022

On My Bookish Radar #2

I'm manifesting some warm weather and the breakage of my neighbour's horrible radio that comes out every time the temperature hits at least15 degrees so that I can sit in the garden under the parasol with an iced lemonade and a pile of books.

So, you know the drill. Here is a small selection of books that have each caught my attention recently. 

Limbic
 by Peter Scalpello

Scalpello's poetry collection, Limbic, promises to be a 'glittering ode to sex, intimacy and queer desire' which is really all the information needed for my bookish radar to start sounding the alarms. With themes of shame, trauma and addiction this certainly isn't a light collection, but it does seem to have all the ingredients to be an important, brave and intensely human read.

Blackwell's. The Book Depository. Hive. Goodreads.

Sea of Tranquility 
by Emily St. John Mandel

I have been a fan for many, many years. I'm still in awe of the storytelling in Station Eleven, Last Night in Montreal is an undeniably stunning debut, and The Glass Hotel further cemented my certainty that being somewhat jealous of the ways in which Emily St. John Mandel approaches writing is a perfectly legitimate position to take.

Sea of Tranquility is a sweeping narrative stretching from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a moon colony 300 years into the future, with themes of time, love, art, and plague. Sounds prescient!

Blackwell's. The Book Depository. Hive. Goodreads.

Tell Me I'm Worthless
 by Alison Rumfitt

Ever since Alice and two of her friends spent a night in an abandoned house, things just haven't been going her way. She is tormented by memories of that night and the three of them must face what happened there head on, together. Tell Me I'm Worthless is a haunted house novel with one foot firmly in the literary gothic genre, with the other exploring the queer scene in Brighton, the trans experience in the UK, the ways in which trauma can inflict devastation, and how fascism can destroy both ourselves and each other. 

Blackwell's. The Book Depository. Hive. Goodreads.

Strange Hotel 
by Eimear McBride

Since its publication, Strange Hotel has not been well reviewed however McBride's ability to craft a narrative has had me hooked since I first read the frankly astounding A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. In Strange Hotel we follow our narrator as she checks into and out of various hotels around the world and gain insight into her life, memories, inner turmoil, and the feeling of being trapped inside her own life.

Blackwell's. The Book Depository. Hive. Goodreads.

People Person
 by Candice Carty-Williams

Like many, many others, I adored Queenie and for that reason alone I will read everything that Candice Carty-Williams writes. No exceptions. So, naturally, People Person is very much on my radar. Dimple Pennington is a thirty year old aspiring style influencer whose life has essentially been condensed to the size of her phone screen. But her feelings of loneliness are soon to be a thing of the past as her half-siblings crash back into her life after a dramatic event, which forces them to reconnect with the father they never really got the opportunity to know.

Blackwell's. The Book Depository. Hive. Goodreads.